New State Research Guide: Welcome to Maine, The “Pine Tree State”

Posted by Juliana Smith on April 4, 2014 in Site

This week’s dive into the history of the state of Maine was an interesting one and full of contradictions. It is the largest New England state (nearly as large as all of the other New England states combined), and it is also the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi. It declared war on… Read more

A Genetic Census of America

Posted by Julie Granka on April 4, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Using AncestryDNA results from over a quarter million people, the AncestryDNA science team set out to perform a “genetic census” of the United States: a survey of the U.S. using only DNA. Where did the ancestors of today’s Americans come from? Do Americans in the Midwest hail from similar places of the world as in the… Read more

The Year Was 1941

Posted by Juliana Smith on April 2, 2014 in Juliana's Corner, Moments in Time

With the upcoming release of Captain America, I thought it would be timely to take a look at what was going on in the real world during the year the original comic was released, 1941.   The year opened with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous Four Freedoms Speech. In this State of the Union address, the… Read more

DNA Results Are In – What Did Mary Discover?

Posted by Anna Swayne on April 2, 2014 in AncestryDNA

Six weeks ago I shared my neighbor’s story with you (click here to read the blog post). I sat down with Mary a couple of days ago and showed her the AncestryDNA results. Mary couldn’t wipe the smile off her face as we went over her results. At almost 90 years of age, she said… Read more

Ask Ancestry Anne: Who Are James Myers Parents? Does AncestryDNA Help?

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 1, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Research

Dear Ancestry Anne, I’ve been having trouble committing to the set of parents I think I found for my great-grandfather James Henry Myers. I think if I got a second opinion I trust, I’d get over being hesitant to claim this family line. I need to be sure I’m climbing the right tree. In the… Read more

Enter For a Chance To Win Professional Family History Research Assistance!

Posted by Kristie Wells on April 1, 2014 in Site, Contest

Even though it is April 1st, this post is no joke. Today we are kicking off Cycle 4 of the Branch Out contest - a chance at winning a prize pack that includes professional research assistance, a one-year subscription to, an AncestryDNA test, and a photo book from MyCanvas.   Heidi Hall was our big winner in October, Stacy Woodley won in… Read more

On This April Fool’s Day, Tell Us Which Ancestor Made A Fool Out of You

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on April 1, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne, Holidays

There are all sorts of silly pranks that are done on April 1st. And it got me to thinking, have any of my ancestor’s played practical jokes on me? You know, left clues in strange places. Or falsified documents. Or anything that made you sigh and start talking aloud to yourself when you found it?… Read more

A Love Story Proved: The Life and Family of Laura Lavinia (Kelly) Combs

Posted by Paul Graham on March 31, 2014 in Research, Stories

There’s a story, familiar to and told by people around Atlanta, of a free African American woman who owned a small plot of land and was married to an enslaved man. Not only was she the first African American to own land in Atlanta, but she traded that property for her husband’s freedom. That woman… Read more

What You Might Have Missed: March 31st Edition

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on March 31, 2014 in Ask Ancestry Anne

Blog Posts Degrees of Cousin-ness by Amy Johnson Crow Tired of the Snow? Welcome to the Sunshine State and the Florida Research by Anne Gillespie Mitchell Think About Going Right in Your Tree, Not Left: Women’s History Month by Anne Gillespie Mitchell The Faces Behind AncestryDNA’s Ethnicity Regions by Anna Swayne Branching Out to… Read more

Degrees of “Cousin-ness”

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on March 29, 2014 in Research

As we research our family history  we often make connections with distant cousins, either through our online trees or DNA testing, who we hadn’t met before. But what is the proper term for said distant relatives? It can be confusing trying to figure it out. If your closest relative is a great grandparent, but there… Read more

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